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Human Rights (MA - LLM)

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  • Objectives
    Birkbeck’s School of Law offers an exciting programme which leads to an MA or LLM in human rights. The focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights and it aims to expose students to a contextual engagement with the subject. To this end, you will study human rights in its political, legal, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts. Because of the ability to study on a part-time basis in the evening, the course will be particularly attractive to legal professionals and others who work for human rights organisations, allowing them to critically reflect on their roles as human rights practitioners. As a student, you will be introduced to approaches to research across a range of disciplines and to the theoretical frameworks for advanced legal scholarship. You will also take specialist courses on a range of subjects in the area of human rights. The programme is designed for students with some background knowledge in human rights who is interested in exploring the major contemporary debates in the area from a critical perspective.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience welcome.
  • Academic Title
    Human Rights (MA / LLM)
  • Course description
    MA Human Rights

    Core courses (one term each):

    -Culture of Human Rights
    -The History and Philosophy of Human Rights.

    LLM Human Rights

    Core courses (one term each):

    -The History and Philosophy of Human Rights
    -Issues in International Law and Human Rights.

    You then choose four option modules (one term each), one of which may be a dissertation. Options include:

    -Development, Rights and Justice
    -International Rights of Minorities
    -Refugee Law
    -Human Rights in Britain
    -Healthcare and Human Rights
    -Futures of Rights
    -Law and the Body
    -Law’s Moving Image
    -Crime and Culture
    -The World Trade Organization and the Environment
    -Economic Approach to Law
    -Children's Rights and Childhood
    -Dissertation (8000–10,000 words).

    Teaching
    The programme involves both taught components and an optional dissertation component.

    Assessment
    Final assessment for each compulsory and option module is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit an 8000–10,000-word dissertation.

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